IMAGE: Casey Jarman
If you believe everything you read about Scandinavian electronic musician and scholar Goodiepal, or Gæoudjiparl van de Dobbelsteen the Århus Warrior (real name Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, we think), then he's one of the most fascinating figures working with computer-generated sounds. Goodiepal left his position teaching at Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark because the school wouldn't support his radical ideas. He threw himself off a balcony in London. He built a mechanical bird. He released an album of electronic compositions, Narc Beacon, which was reviewed by Pitchfork in 2001. He opened his own school in Norway—in a castle.
Or it could all be total bullshit.
The only thing we know for sure? Goodiepal is actually funny, at least when he's lecturing in broken English about artificial vs. alterative intelligence, the idea that a computer will one day outsmart man, and the band "Soan-ick Yuffs." He also has a Portland connection—experimental music label Marriage Records released his "textbook," Radical Computer Music and Fantastisk Mediemanipulation, a few years ago. This Friday, Goodiepal is in town for a rare appearance to lecture about Radical Computer Music and his Mort Aux Vaches Ekstra Extra compositional game scenario. Honestly, we don't really know what the hell that is, but damn if we're not super-intrigued
WEDNESDAY NOV. 18
[MUSIC] Girls frontman Christopher Owen is a former cult member. He also does a lot of drugs. Crazy coincidence, huh?
THURSDAY NOV. 19
[ART] Up-and-coming collectors can snag affordable art by up-and-coming artists at Homeschool's "coming-out party," a group show at Ace Cleaners. Prices start at $5 and top off at $150.
Best singjay: EEK-A-MOUSE
[MUSIC] You know how on hip-hop mixtapes the DJ always sings over the beginning of each track? This guy invented that. Dante's, 1 SW 3rd Ave., 226-6630. 9:30 pm. $20. 21+.
FRIDAY NOV. 20
[SCREEN] The second installment of the glampire saga pits Team Edward (sad bloodsucker) vs. Team Jacob (sullen werewolf). But you, my friend, are playing for Team I Want to Date a Crazy Lady. Go get 'em, tiger.
Best way to mock a WW staffer: MEET YOUR _______
[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMO] Super Project Lab's super-fun series of improvised sketches inspired by stories told by "notable" locals returns with Oregonian music writer Ryan White and WW's Ben Waterhouse, whose stories involve emus. Winningstad Theatre, PCPA, 1111 SW Broadway., superprojectlab.com. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21. $12.
Best way to enjoy the pain of others: MORTIFIED PORTLAND
[OMG] Your fellow Portlanders share their teen journal entries, love letters and home movies. Embarrassment ensues. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 8:30 pm. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
SATURDAY NOV. 21
[MUSIC] A stacked night of underground hip-hop hosted by Mr. Lif. Backpacks not included.
Best way to dig art: WEST COAST TURNAROUND
[ART] Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis built a tractor-trailer semi truck outta drywall and parked inside an artist loft. Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st Ave., No. 203, 729-3223. 6 pm. Free.